Low prices prompt propane customers to lock in winter rates

PROPANE-TANK

Even though it’s still summer, Michigan propane customers should be thinking about staying warm in the winter.

The Michigan Agency for Energy says there is 13% more propane this year than years’ past.

That means prices are expected to be lower for Michigan customers.

Judy Palnau is a spokeswoman for the MAE. She said it’s important for people who heat with propane to look into renewing contracts and contacting suppliers.

“It’s important that customers lock in a price now which is very attractive, by doing so they typically get a better price, and they have established a relationship with the supplier, which could prove very useful in the event we have a harsh winter.”

Palnau said she has heard reports of prices from as low as $1.40 per gallon.

Pre-paid contracts should be locked in before October for the lowest prices.

Michigan leads the nation in the number of residential propane customers. Nearly 9% of households in the state use propane as their primary heating fuel.